Dennis Gillespie Player Profile


  • Full Name: Dennis Gillespie
  • Born: January 8th, 1936 (Duntochter)
  • Died: June 5th, 2001
  • Height: 5' 9
  • Position: Inside Forward
  • Signed: August 27th, 1959 (£3,000)
  • First Manager: Jerry Kerr
  • Career Totals: 455 appearances, 115 goals
  • Also Played For: Alloa Athletic, Brechin City


Playing Seasons


ALL League Cups
Season
1970-71 5 (5) 10 1 0 0 3 (4) 1 2 (1) 0
1969-70 44 44 2 1 0 34 2 10 0
1968-69 35 35 1 0 0 28 0 7 1
1967-68 38 38 4 0 0 30 3 8 1
1966-67 38 38 6 0 0 29 6 9 0
1965-66 36 36 8 0 0 27 6 9 2
1964-65 53 53 12 0 0 32 7 21 5
1963-64 46 46 13 0 0 33 10 13 3
1962-63 43 43 18 0 0 32 14 11 4
1961-62 38 38 16 0 0 31 13 7 3
1960-61 38 38 15 0 0 31 14 7 1
1959-60 36 36 19 0 0 34 18 2 1
Totals: 450 (5) 115 344 (4) 94 106 (1) 21

ALL = Combined first team appearances
League/Cups = First team starts (sub appearances)
G2G = Goals to Games Ratio

 Recent First Team Starts
Feb 27th, 1971 27/02/71 Division One vs. Dunfermline (A) 1 - 3
Feb 20th, 1971 20/02/71 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H) 3 - 2
Nov 4th, 1970 04/11/70 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Sparta Prague (H) 1 - 0
Sep 19th, 1970 19/09/70 Division One vs. Morton (A) 0 - 3
Aug 22nd, 1970 22/08/70 Sectional Tie vs. Clyde (H) 1 - 1

 Recent First Team Goals
Sep 12th, 1970 12/09/70 Division One vs. Dundee (H) 3 - 2
Sep 20th, 1969 20/09/69 Division One vs. Dundee (A) 2 - 1
Sep 13th, 1969 13/09/69 Division One vs. Airdrie (H) 5 - 2
Aug 10th, 1968 10/08/68 Sectional Tie vs. Dunfermline (A) 2 - 3
Apr 27th, 1968 27/04/68 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (A) 2 - 2

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
Sep 12th, 1970 12/09/70 Division One vs. Dundee (H) 3 - 2 (74')
Sep 20th, 1969 20/09/69 Division One vs. Dundee (A) 2 - 1 (83')
Sep 13th, 1969 13/09/69 Division One vs. Airdrie (H) 5 - 2 (7') p
Aug 10th, 1968 10/08/68 Sectional Tie vs. Dunfermline (A) 2 - 3 (21')
Apr 27th, 1968 27/04/68 Division One vs. Stirling Albion (A) 2 - 2 (77')
Mar 16th, 1968 16/03/68 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (H) 3 - 3 (85') p
Nov 18th, 1967 18/11/67 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (A) 1 - 0 (28')
Aug 16th, 1967 16/08/67 Sectional Tie vs. Aberdeen (H) 5 - 0 (-)
May 3rd, 1967 03/05/67 Division One vs. Celtic (A) 3 - 2 (68')
Apr 5th, 1967 05/04/67 Division One vs. Falkirk (H) 4 - 4 (60')
Jan 14th, 1967 14/01/67 Division One vs. Rangers (A) 1 - 3 (83')
Dec 31st, 1966 31/12/66 Division One vs. Celtic (H) 3 - 2 (73')
Dec 3rd, 1966 03/12/66 Division One vs. Falkirk (A) 3 - 0 (45')
Nov 19th, 1966 19/11/66 Division One vs. Motherwell (A) 1 - 1 (40')
Apr 20th, 1966 20/04/66 Division One vs. Hibernian (A) 3 - 3 (78')
Apr 20th, 1966 20/04/66 Division One vs. Hibernian (A) 3 - 3 (69')
Apr 9th, 1966 09/04/66 Division One vs. Hibernian (H) 5 - 4 (22')
Apr 9th, 1966 09/04/66 Division One vs. Hibernian (H) 5 - 4 (12')
Oct 2nd, 1965 02/10/65 Division One vs. Partick Th (H) 5 - 2 (5')
Sep 11th, 1965 11/09/65 Division One vs. Dundee (A) 5 - 0 (64')
Aug 21st, 1965 21/08/65 Sectional Tie vs. Motherwell (H) 4 - 1 (76')
Aug 14th, 1965 14/08/65 Sectional Tie vs. Celtic (H) 2 - 1 (67')
Apr 24th, 1965 24/04/65 Division One vs. Motherwell (H) 3 - 1 (30')
Mar 27th, 1965 27/03/65 Division One vs. Morton (H) 3 - 2 (42')
Mar 24th, 1965 24/03/65 Division One vs. Dundee (A) 4 - 2 (46')
Mar 13th, 1965 13/03/65 Division One vs. Clyde (H) 6 - 0 (74')
Mar 13th, 1965 13/03/65 Division One vs. Clyde (H) 6 - 0 (6')
Oct 24th, 1964 24/10/64 Division One vs. Airdrie (A) 3 - 3 (44')
Oct 3rd, 1964 03/10/64 Division One vs. St Mirren (A) 1 - 2 (60')
Aug 26th, 1964 26/08/64 Sectional Tie vs. Falkirk (A) 2 - 5 (43')
Aug 26th, 1964 26/08/64 Sectional Tie vs. Falkirk (A) 2 - 5 (52')
Aug 15th, 1964 15/08/64 Sectional Tie vs. Motherwell (A) 1 - 0 (15')
Aug 12th, 1964 12/08/64 Sectional Tie vs. Falkirk (H) 3 - 0 (59')
Aug 8th, 1964 08/08/64 Sectional Tie vs. Dundee (A) 3 - 2 (14')
May 9th, 1964 09/05/64 Sectional Tie vs. Aberdeen (H) 4 - 1 (50')
May 9th, 1964 09/05/64 Sectional Tie vs. Aberdeen (H) 4 - 1 (37')
Mar 21st, 1964 21/03/64 Division One vs. Third Lanark (A) 2 - 2 (90')
Feb 22nd, 1964 22/02/64 Division One vs. Motherwell (H) 4 - 1 (47')
Jan 4th, 1964 04/01/64 Division One vs. East Stirling (A) 1 - 1 (44')
Dec 28th, 1963 28/12/63 Division One vs. St Mirren (H) 6 - 2 (25')
Nov 23rd, 1963 23/11/63 Division One vs. Third Lanark (H) 4 - 1 (-)
Oct 26th, 1963 26/10/63 Division One vs. Motherwell (A) 3 - 0 (47')
Oct 5th, 1963 05/10/63 Division One vs. Airdrie (H) 9 - 1 (21')
Oct 5th, 1963 05/10/63 Division One vs. Airdrie (H) 9 - 1 (43')
Sep 21st, 1963 21/09/63 Division One vs. East Stirling (H) 2 - 0 (39')
Sep 7th, 1963 07/09/63 Division One vs. St Johnstone (H) 3 - 1 (60')
Aug 31st, 1963 31/08/63 Sectional Tie vs. St Mirren (H) 3 - 2 (65')
May 18th, 1963 18/05/63 Division One vs. Partick Th (H) 2 - 2 (41')
May 11th, 1963 11/05/63 Division One vs. Celtic (H) 3 - 0 (34')
May 7th, 1963 07/05/63 Division One vs. Aberdeen (A) 2 - 1 (-)
Apr 27th, 1963 27/04/63 Division One vs. Airdrie (A) 2 - 4 (-)
Apr 13th, 1963 13/04/63 Semi Final vs. Rangers (N) 2 - 5 (29')
Apr 8th, 1963 08/04/63 Quarter Final 2nd Replay vs. QOS (N) 4 - 0 (-)
Mar 20th, 1963 20/03/63 3rd Round Replay vs. Queen's Park (H) 3 - 1 (72')
Mar 2nd, 1963 02/03/63 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (A) 7 - 2 (89')
Mar 2nd, 1963 02/03/63 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (A) 7 - 2 (30')
Jan 26th, 1963 26/01/63 1st Round vs. Albion Rovers (H) 3 - 0 (77')
Jan 1st, 1963 01/01/63 Division One vs. QOS (H) 2 - 1 (24')
Dec 15th, 1962 15/12/62 Division One vs. Hearts (A) 2 - 2 (80')
Nov 24th, 1962 24/11/62 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H) 3 - 3 (58')
Nov 24th, 1962 24/11/62 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H) 3 - 3 (6')
Oct 27th, 1962 27/10/62 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (H) 8 - 1 (80')
Oct 27th, 1962 27/10/62 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (H) 8 - 1 (70')
Oct 27th, 1962 27/10/62 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (H) 8 - 1 (29')
Sep 29th, 1962 29/09/62 Division One vs. Hibernian (H) 5 - 0 (29')
Apr 23rd, 1962 23/04/62 Division One vs. Partick Th (A) 2 - 4 (81')
Apr 7th, 1962 07/04/62 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H) 2 - 2 (6')
Mar 31st, 1962 31/03/62 Division One vs. Falkirk (H) 4 - 1 (60')
Mar 31st, 1962 31/03/62 Division One vs. Falkirk (H) 4 - 1 (44')
Feb 24th, 1962 24/02/62 Division One vs. Raith Rovers (H) 4 - 2 (25')
Nov 18th, 1961 18/11/61 Division One vs. Motherwell (A) 1 - 2 (45')
Nov 4th, 1961 04/11/61 Division One vs. Airdrie (A) 3 - 3 (32')
Oct 21st, 1961 21/10/61 Division One vs. Kilmarnock (H) 1 - 2 (37')
Oct 14th, 1961 14/10/61 Division One vs. St Mirren (H) 3 - 1 (-)
Oct 7th, 1961 07/10/61 Division One vs. Third Lanark (A) 2 - 7 (23')
Sep 23rd, 1961 23/09/61 Division One vs. Celtic (A) 1 - 3 (38')
Sep 9th, 1961 09/09/61 Division One vs. Dundee (A) 1 - 4 (33')
Sep 2nd, 1961 02/09/61 Sectional Tie vs. Aberdeen (A) 2 - 2 (84')
Aug 23rd, 1961 23/08/61 Division One vs. Dunfermline (H) 3 - 2 (70')
Aug 19th, 1961 19/08/61 Sectional Tie vs. Aberdeen (H) 5 - 3 (22')
Aug 12th, 1961 12/08/61 Sectional Tie vs. Motherwell (A) 3 - 5 (75')
Apr 29th, 1961 29/04/61 Division One vs. Dunfermline (H) 5 - 0 (70')
Apr 29th, 1961 29/04/61 Division One vs. Dunfermline (H) 5 - 0 (58')
Apr 29th, 1961 29/04/61 Division One vs. Dunfermline (H) 5 - 0 (7')
Apr 8th, 1961 08/04/61 Division One vs. St Mirren (A) 3 - 0 (77')
Apr 1st, 1961 01/04/61 Division One vs. Aberdeen (H) 3 - 3 (26')
Feb 4th, 1961 04/02/61 Division One vs. Airdrie (A) 4 - 4 (18')
Jan 14th, 1961 14/01/61 Division One vs. Partick Th (H) 3 - 0 (57')
Dec 24th, 1960 24/12/60 Division One vs. Dunfermline (A) 2 - 3 (-)
Dec 17th, 1960 17/12/60 Division One vs. Ayr Utd (H) 2 - 1 (24')
Dec 3rd, 1960 03/12/60 Division One vs. St Mirren (H) 2 - 0 (24')
Nov 26th, 1960 26/11/60 Division One vs. Aberdeen (A) 3 - 1 (69')
Oct 8th, 1960 08/10/60 Division One vs. Airdrie (H) 1 - 2 (27')
Oct 1st, 1960 01/10/60 Division One vs. Hearts (A) 1 - 1 (50')
Aug 24th, 1960 24/08/60 Division One vs. Hibernian (H) 3 - 1 (43')
Aug 17th, 1960 17/08/60 Group Section 8 vs. Brechin City (H) 2 - 1 (17')
Apr 16th, 1960 16/04/60 Division Two vs. QOS (A) 4 - 4 (-)
Apr 2nd, 1960 02/04/60 Division Two vs. Forfar Athletic (H) 4 - 0 (-)
Feb 27th, 1960 27/02/60 Division Two vs. Albion Rovers (A) 4 - 1 (-)
Feb 13th, 1960 13/02/60 2nd Round vs. Partick Th (H) 2 - 2 (86')
Feb 6th, 1960 06/02/60 Division Two vs. East Stirling (H) 6 - 1 (-)
Feb 6th, 1960 06/02/60 Division Two vs. East Stirling (H) 6 - 1 (-)
Jan 30th, 1960 30/01/60 Division Two vs. Cowdenbeath (H) 2 - 3 (-) p
Jan 16th, 1960 16/01/60 Division Two vs. Stenhousemuir (H) 1 - 2 (-)
Dec 26th, 1959 26/12/59 Division Two vs. East Fife (H) 6 - 0 (-)
Dec 26th, 1959 26/12/59 Division Two vs. East Fife (H) 6 - 0 (-)
Dec 12th, 1959 12/12/59 Division Two vs. Falkirk (H) 1 - 0 (-)
Nov 28th, 1959 28/11/59 Division Two vs. Forfar Athletic (A) 3 - 1 (-)
Nov 21st, 1959 21/11/59 Division Two vs. Alloa Athletic (H) 2 - 1 (-)
Oct 3rd, 1959 03/10/59 Division Two vs. Brechin City (H) 3 - 1 (-)
Sep 26th, 1959 26/09/59 Division Two vs. Stenhousemuir (A) 3 - 0 (-)
Sep 12th, 1959 12/09/59 Division Two vs. Queen's Park (A) 8 - 1 (82')
Sep 12th, 1959 12/09/59 Division Two vs. Queen's Park (A) 8 - 1 (59')
Sep 12th, 1959 12/09/59 Division Two vs. Queen's Park (A) 8 - 1 (51')
Sep 9th, 1959 09/09/59 Division Two vs. Dumbarton (A) 2 - 3 (-)

 List of Games Played
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Competition History


Comp
LGE 344 (4) 94 0 0
SC 28 5 0 0
LC 55 14 1 0
FAIRS 7 (1) 0 0 0
SUM 16 2 0 0
Totals: 450 (5) 115

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals


Biography


After completing his national service Dennis was spotted by then Alloa Athletic manager Jerry Kerr whilst playing for Clydebank Juveniles, but spent a year with Duntocher Hibs before joining the Recreation Park club. A regular in his two seasons at Alloa, Dennis was already known to the Tannadice faithful, after he had terrorised United in a humiliating 7-1 home defeat to the Wasps in April 1958, scoring twice that day. He had also scored a brace for Alloa in a 3-1 loss for United at Recreation Park the following season. When Kerr left Alloa to become United manager in June 1959, he quickly returned to his old club to secure the services of the inside-forward, who signed for United prior to the second league game of the 1959-60 season for £3,000.

Making his debut the following week against St Johnstone, he turned out to be one of Jerry Kerr's most inspired acquisitions. A forceful attacking player, Dennis was a vital part of the side that won promotion to Division One that season, finishing as second top scorer, including a hat-trick against Queens Park. He was a regular in the side for the next four seasons and kept up his scoring rate, finishing as the club's top scorer in their first year back in the top flight, and notched further hat-tricks against Dunfermline Athletic and Raith Rovers. A big favourite with the fans, Dennis was the first United player to turn out at senior international level for Scotland when he played for the Scottish League against the League of Ireland at Dalymont Park in Dublin in 1961.

During this time, Dennis was a crucial part of the United side that reached the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup for the first time in 1963, their first League Cup semi-final in 1964, and he collected a runners-up medal after reaching the final of the short-lived Summer Cup competition in 1965. They gained the club's highest ever league position at the time when they finished in 5th place in Division One at the end of the 1965/66 season, a position that meant that the club qualified for European football for the first time.

After turning 30 in 1966, he took more of a supporting role, playing in a deeper wing-half position but was still a regular in the side. He was in the line-up as United faced and defeated Barcelona in the Club's first venture into European football, as well as both legs against Juventus in the next round. In the summer of 1967, Dennis was part of a sixteen man squad that travelled to the United States to represent Dallas Tornado in the United Soccer Association competition. By season 1968-69 Dennis was the regular right half and he revelled in his new role for two seasons, playing in more Fairs Cup ties against Newcastle United, Grasshoppers of Zurich and Sparta Prague, and returned with the team to the USA for another close season tour in the summer of 1969.

He spent his last two years at the Club playing mainly in the reserves, passing on the benefit of his experience to the younger players. Offered a coaching role in April 1972, he elected not to accept as he wanted to continue playing and he went to Brechin City. Having only been booked once during his career at Tannadice, Dennis, now playing as a sweeper, was booked three times in his first season at Glebe Park. He remained there for four years before retiring in 1976.

In May 1973, Dennis was awarded a testimonial in which several well known guest players joined his United colleagues and a Dundee XI in front of a crowd of more than 10,000 to pay tribute to a Club legend. Dennis passed away aged 65 in June 2001 after a long illness. In January 2008, Dennis was one of the first players inducted into the Dundee United Hall of Fame.

Last updated on Thursday, December 23rd, 2021 by N Harkiss.





Debut

September 5th, 1959
Dundee United 0 - 1 St Johnstone

League (Division Two)


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